The Dark is the story of Daniel Abbot, a brilliant young scientist on the fringes of the establishment and the creator of Memetech – a technology that encodes information and memories into a liquid form, allowing anyone to drink the information.
Terrified that his invention will be used for military purposes he decides to destroy his research, but not before he takes one last trip … with disastrous results.
Two years on, and the Memetech genie is out of the bottle. Abbot, having perfected his own version of the technology, fights a one-man war against the spread of his own invention and the collapse of our information culture in the guise of The Dark. Aided by an artificial intelligence nicknamed Howard Hughes, Abbott creates The Baffler a coat made of Memetech that gives his the edge over his
enemies. Capable of injecting information directly into this brain and firing Memetech flechettes to hit others with bursts of pure information, The Baffler is both weapon and disguise in Daniel Abbot’s war against his own creation.
When The Dark uncovers a plot to set off Memetech bombs across the whole of the city of Dante, filling the air with liquid information and creating a new society of his enemy’s devising, The Dark is plunged into a desperate race against time.
But, not everything is what is seems.
Who is the new and mysterious enemy who seems to know The Dark’s every move?
How did the Memetech, thought destroyed, reappear?
Why can’t Daniel wake his wife and son?
And why is everyone in Dante named after an English poet?